Scot Brown


Office: 1321 Rolfe Hall

Associate Professor, Department of African American Studies and Department of History

Dr. Scot Brown is an associate professor of African American Studies and History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Brown is the author of the book Fighting For Us, and has penned numerous articles on African American history, social/political movements, music and popular culture. He is a contributing author and the editor of the book, Discourse on Africana Studies. Brown is in the process of completing a book project exploring the city of Dayton, Ohio as 1970s musical hotbed of soul and funk bands. Brown has appeared as an expert commentator on African American music and popular culture for many programs on television, radio and social media: KLRU, National Public Radio, Sirius/XM Radio, DATV, BET/Centric, TV One, and VH1.  Additionally, Brown has appeared in several documentaries on the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, including the PBS documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.

SOLAR: The History of the Sound of Los Angeles Records,” in Darnell Hunt and Ana-Christina Ramon (eds.) Black Los Angeles: American Dreams and Racial Realities (New York: New York University Press, 2010) pp. 266-82

“The Land of Funk: Dayton, Ohio,” in Tony Bolden (ed.) The Funk Era and Beyond: New Perspectives on Black Culture (New York: Palgrave Press, August 2008) pp.73-88.“

’To Unbrainwash an Entire People’: Malcolm X, Cultural Nationalism and the US Organization in the Era of Black Power,” in James Conyers and Andrew Smallwood (eds.) Malcolm X: A Historical Reader (Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2008) pp. 137-146.

“The Us/Panther Conflict, Exile, and the Black Diaspora: The Plight of Larry Watani Stiner,” Journal of African American History (Fall 2007)

“The Politics of Culture: The US Organization of Quest for Black ‘Unity,’” in Jeanne Theoharis and Komozi Woodard (eds.), Freedom North: Black Freedom Struggles Outside the South, 1940-1980 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) pp.223-253.

Fighting For Us: Maulana Karenga, The US Organization and Black Cultural Nationalism (New York: NYU Press, 2003)

“The US Organization, Black Power Vanguard Politics, and the United Front Ideal: Los Angeles and Beyond”, Black Scholar: Journal of Black Studies and Research Vol. 31: 3-4 (Fall/Winter 2001) pp. 21-30.

“The US Organization: African-American Cultural Nationalism in the Era of Black Power”(Cornell University: Unpublished Dissertation, August 1999)

“David Fagen [A Biographical Sketch] ” American National Biography (Oxford University Press, 1998)

“The Us Organization, Maulana Karenga and Conflict with the Black Panther Party: A Critique of Sectarian Influences on Historical Discourse” Journal of Black Studies, Vol. 28:2, (November 1997) pp. 157-170

“White Backlash and The Aftermath of Fagen’s Rebellion: The Fates of Three African-American Soldiers in the Philippines, 1901-1902” Contributions in Black Studies Vol. 13/14 (1995/1996) pp. 165-173

“African American Soldiers and Filipinos: Racial Imperialism, Jim Crow and Social Relations,” Journal of Negro History Vol. 82:1, (Winter 1997) pp. 42-53.
This publication in the JNH is part of the prize for 1995 Winners of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History’s Graduate Essay Contest.